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Soccer: Dynamo grab lightning fast victory over Rapids

Scottish trialist Elliot gives team lead seconds after whistle blows

  • Houston trialist Calum Elliot (#36) strikes the ball at the top of the Colorado box to give the Dynamo an early lead.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston trialist Calum Elliot (#36) strikes the ball at the top of the Colorado box to give the Dynamo an early lead.
  • Calum Elliot is congratulated by teammates for his goal.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCalum Elliot is congratulated by teammates for his goal.
  • Colorado defender Marvell Wynne (#22) steals the ball away from Houston trialist Franck Songo'o (#39).
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comColorado defender Marvell Wynne (#22) steals the ball away from Houston trialist Franck Songo'o (#39).
  • Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni flicks the ball on with the outside of his boot.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comColorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni flicks the ball on with the outside of his boot.
  • The Colorado Rapids took on the Houston Dynamo at Kino Sports Complex as the sun set over the Old Pueblo.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comThe Colorado Rapids took on the Houston Dynamo at Kino Sports Complex as the sun set over the Old Pueblo.
  • Houston forward Calum Elliot dribbles into the Colorado penalty area.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston forward Calum Elliot dribbles into the Colorado penalty area.
  • The referee tries to avoid becoming a part of the play.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comThe referee tries to avoid becoming a part of the play.
  • Colorado trialist Cesar Romero drives through the Houston midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comColorado trialist Cesar Romero drives through the Houston midfield.
  • Houston midfielder Alex Dixon heads a ball off the line on a Colorado corner.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston midfielder Alex Dixon heads a ball off the line on a Colorado corner.
  • Houston midfielder Franck Songo'o and Colorado forward Kamani Hill #13 fight for the ball in the midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston midfielder Franck Songo'o and Colorado forward Kamani Hill #13 fight for the ball in the midfield.
  • Dynamo midfielder Jason Johnson #14 is fouled just outside of the Rapids penalty area.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDynamo midfielder Jason Johnson #14 is fouled just outside of the Rapids penalty area.
  • Houston players and staff look on from the sidelines as the Dynamo took on the Colorado Rapids at Kino Sports Complex.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston players and staff look on from the sidelines as the Dynamo took on the Colorado Rapids at Kino Sports Complex.
  • Houston midfielder Jason Johnson #14 and Colorado defender Marvell Wynne #22 sprint for a ball near the goal line.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston midfielder Jason Johnson #14 and Colorado defender Marvell Wynne #22 sprint for a ball near the goal line.
  • Houston midfielder Luiz Carmago sprints through the Colorado midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston midfielder Luiz Carmago sprints through the Colorado midfield.
  • Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin punches away a cross in his penalty area.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comRapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin punches away a cross in his penalty area.
  • Houston goalkeeper Erich Marscheider tips a shot over the crossbar.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston goalkeeper Erich Marscheider tips a shot over the crossbar.
  • Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall makes a clearance as Colorado players close him down.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comHouston goalkeeper Tally Hall makes a clearance as Colorado players close him down.
  • Colorado defender Marvell Wynne #22 clears the ball after Calum Elliot falls in the Colorado penalty box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comColorado defender Marvell Wynne #22 clears the ball after Calum Elliot falls in the Colorado penalty box.
  • Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus shouts instructions to his defensive wall as he prepares to face a free kick.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comColorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus shouts instructions to his defensive wall as he prepares to face a free kick.
  • Calum Elliot wins a header to clear a Colorado corner.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCalum Elliot wins a header to clear a Colorado corner.

It didn't take long for the Houston Dynamo to grab the lead in their preseason match against the Colorado Rapids at Kino Sports Park on Thursday night. Calum Elliot scored off of a pass from Jason Johnson in the first minute. The men in orange never relinquished their lead and won the match 1 - 0.

Edinburgh-born Elliot is one of a gaggle of trialists with the squad. He has previously played for Scottish club Hearts of Midlothian, but last season plied his trade in Lithuania for Žalgiris Vilnius.

Minutes later, Elliot nearly scored again when he got behind the defense.

It was not until deep into the second half that Colorado had its first strong chance, but César Romero's shot went harmlessly wide of the goal.

Colorado will continue its quest for their first preseason victory on Saturday at 11 a.m. MLS Cup runner up Houston end their Old Pueblo stay with a match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC later that day at 4 p.m.

Houston Dynamo v Colorado Rapids

Kino Sports Park

  • Scoring summary
  • HOU - Calum Ellior (1')
  • Misconduct summary
  • HOU – Luiz Camargo (caution, 32')
  • COL – Kamani Hill (caution, 37')
  • COL – Chris Klute (caution, 81')
  • Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall (Erich Marscheider 61') - Warren Creavalle (Kofi Sarkodie 46'), Eric Brunner (Bobby Boswell 46'), Jermaine Taylor (Anthony Arena 46'), Mike Chabala (Jimmy Nealis 46') - Luiz Camargo, Adam Moffat (Je-Vaughn Watson 46'), Alex Dixon (Giles Barnes 46') - Franck Songo'o (Brian Ownby 61'), Calum Elliot (Brian Ching 61'), Jason Johnson (Cam Weaver 46')
  • Colorado Rapids: Steward Ceus (Clint Irwin 46') - Marvell Wynne (Brian Mullan 46'), Drew Moor (Brenton Griffiths 46'), Diego Calderón (Shane O’Neill 46'), Kory Kindle (Anthony Wallace 46', Chris Klute 61') - Hendry Thomas (Dillon Powers 46'), Pablo Mastroeni (Nathan Sturgis 46'), Kamani Hill (Nick LaBrocca 46') - Atiba Harris (Walter Martinez 46', Andre Akpan 83'), Deshorn Brown (César Romero 46'), Tony Cascio (Dillon Serna 46')

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